Mr. Dov Moran

Dov is serving Grove ventures as its managing partner and is involved heavily in most of the companies in the portfolio. Dov is an Israeli entrepreneur, inventor and investor, best-known as the inventor of the USB Flash Drive (DiskOnKey). He served in the Israeli Navy for eight and half years and was commander of its microprocessor department.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Moran was an independent consultant in the computer industry. In 1989 he formed M-Systems (NSDQ: FLSH), a pioneer in the flash data storage market. The company invented the USB Flash Drive, the FlashDisk as well as other innovative flash data storage devices. Under Moran’s leadership, M-Systems grew to $1B revenue within 18 years, and at the end of 2006, it was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for $1.6B. This still ranks as one of the single biggest acquisitions in Israel.

After the sale of M-Systems, Moran founded modu, an innovative company with a revolutionary modular phone concept, whose patents and technology were eventually acquired by Google in 2011. These patents are the basis for Google’s modular phone Project Ara.

During his time at modu, Dov was also the chairman of Tower Semiconductor (NASDAQ: TSEM), a developer and manufacturer of semiconductors and integrated circuits for the electronics industry. During his tenure, Tower went from almost reaching bankruptcy to a successful company while redefining its strategy, doubling its revenues from $250M to $500M, restructuring the company’s $400M debt and performing the successful acquisition of US-based Jazz semiconductor. Moran was also chairman of Biomas, a developer of innovative pharmaceuticals and the chairman of Comigo, which offers a unique multi-screen platform for Pay TV operators. He established a few more companies and was the seed investor of few others, until he established Grove Ventures with Lotan and Sigalit.

In the course of his entrepreneurial work, Moran holds over 40 technology related patents and has received multiple industry awards: Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and “CEO of the Year” by the IMC. (2003), Entrepreneur of the Year by the IVA (Israel Venture Association) (2007), first Korean “Grammy Award” Winner in Best Engineering Category by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) (2012),  the prestigious Edward Rheine Award for inventing the USB Flash Drive (2012), “Doctor Honoris Causa” at Moscow State Technical University of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation (2013),  the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award for pioneering contributions to storage systems based on Flash memory (2015).  “Doctor Honoris Causa” from the Technion (2016), Life time award from the Flash Memory Summit (2018) and few more.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (with honors) at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.

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Ms. Mitzi Perdue

Mitzi Perdue is a professional public speaker who talks on How to Make Your Family Business Thrive.

Mitzi’s family of origin began as a family business in 1840. Her father was co-Founders of the Sheraton Hotel Chain. By marriage, she’s part of the Perdue Foods family, which will celebrate its centennial in 2020.

As a businesswoman herself, Mitzi founded CERES Farm in 1974. Her sons manage the company today. CERES is a major supplier of wine grapes to Joel Gott, Robert Mondavi, Kendall Jackson, Gallo, McManis, Sutter Home, Diageo, and the Wine Group.

Mitzi is an honors graduate of Harvard and holds an MP from and the George Washington University, is a past president of the 35,000 member American Agri-Women and was one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi. While there, she participated in the historic 1985 repeal of the “Racism equals Violence” resolution.

Most recently, she’s authored HOW TO MAKE YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS LAST, Techniques, Advice, Checklists and Resources for Keeping the Family Business in the Family. She’s also the author of  TOUGH MAN, TENDER CHICKEN, Business and Life Lessons from Frank Perdue  The book made #5 on Amazon’s Business Biographies, out of a field of 20,000. She’s also the author of, I DIDN’T BARGAIN FOR THIS, her story of growing up as a hotel heiress.

She was a syndicated columnist for 22 years, and her weekly environmental columns were the most widely syndicated environmental column in the United States. Her columns were    distributed first by California’s Capitol News and later, by Scripps Howard News Service, to roughly 420 newspapers. For two years she was a Commissioner on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Mitzi also produced and hosted more than 400 half hour interview shows, Mitzi’s Country Magazine on KXTV, the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, California. In addition, she hosted and produced more than 300 editions of Mitzi’s Country Comments, which was syndicated to 76 stations. Her radio series, Tips from the Farmer to You, was broadcast weekly for two years on the Coast to Coast Radio Network.

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